17 Sep 2010

Rangatahi guidelines for mental health services

7:31 am on 17 September 2010

People working in child and adolescent mental health have been given a set of guidelines to help them improve services to rangatahi Maori.

Kirsty Maxwell-Crawford from Ngai Tai and Tapuika, the chief executive of Maori health workforce development agency Te Rau Matatini, says the advice in Ta Tatou Mahere Korowai will help providers set up rangatahi advisory groups.

She told Waatea News that over the past year rangatahi have consistently said what they need, but that their words are often overlooked.

Ms Maxwell-Crawford says that, where it has been tried, rangatahi input has resulted in dramatic improvements in services.